No choice for Oilers goaltender Mike Smith but to bounce back in Game 2

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Smith, who will be starting his ninth straight Edmonton Oilers playoff game, will be better Friday night after embarrassing 9-6 loss because he has no choice

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Jim Matheson  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) on his bench as he was replaced by goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) during the first period against the Calgary Flames in game one of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Photo by Sergei Belski /USA TODAY Sports Article content

Goalies need selective memory or amnesia after bad nights, so those two goals Mike Smith gave up to Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane in the first 51 seconds in Game 1 on Wednesday — the two fastest ever by players from the same team in NHL playoff history — won’t be a continuous loop in his brain before Game 2.

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Smith, who will be starting his ninth straight Edmonton Oilers playoff game, will be better Friday night after embarrassing 9-6 loss because he has no choice.

The Vezina trophy finalist Jacob Markstrom in the Calgary Flames net can’t be as bad as he was in Game 1 where pucks were leaking through him all night.

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